Quoted from voodle:
With the full LCD back-box, like the one on Wizard of Oz, although a nice idea, I don't think it works. Why? Your head is generally down playing the game. Only rarely do you glance up. When you do you know where to look with a DMD. It's compact.
With a massive LCD there is just too much information. I don't see it as an advancement. I see it as more expense and a big black screen when the machine is off.
I do like the color DMDs that are available now though. I still like the dot pattern. It's stylised and a reference to the older machines. It's also a lot cheaper and simpler to make. Imagine the coding required, extra art and animation, electronics, just to make something you rarely look at. Huge investment in man power, technology and cost for little return.
I'm with you, the only reference I have is Wizard of Oz, and it does nothing for me. Maybe someone will come up with a better integration and experience, but WoZ seems to be more for the group watching than the player. When I'm playing pinball, I want to play pinball, not watch a movie - which I can't anyway, because my eyes are on the playfield. The DMD-size LCD/LED? display on TBL or the MMr color DMD or the new DMD-size LED displays are ideal for a pinball machine.
That WoZ multi-ball clip was novel a couple of times, but I find the DMD multi-ball animations have a way more enduring charm.
From what Aurich says, sounds like Heighway are trying something different with the full LCD versus what JJP does. I'm really curious if they can find a sweet spot between integration with game play and a tedious interruption. It's a fine line in my opinion, and I'm skeptical until I see someone succeed. No one has yet in my opinion.